Chris "Kiff" Gallagher

Christopher C. Gallagher, Jr. (Kiff)

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Kiff Gallagher is an entrepreneurial leader with 20 years of experience building visionary brands and movements in the public, private, social and cultural sectors. He serves as Vice President External Affairs at Winrock International, a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources. Prior to Winrock, Gallagher advised multinational corporations, Silicon Valley start-ups and social innovation platforms on new ventures, corporate and crisis communications, strategic partnerships, government relations and music. 

Kiff served on the White House legislative team that created AmeriCorps. As a Program Officer at the Corporation for National Service, he ran a $15M program portfolio in education, community impact and the environment. As Director of Strategic Communications at Odwalla, Inc, Kiff was lead media spokesman and directed public and government affairs through a high-profile corporate crisis. Appointed President of Social Venture Network, Gallagher advanced the movements for sustainable business and impact investing. He later founded the award-winning cultural and educational initiative, MusicianCorps where he continues as Chair of the board of directors, and volunteers for #musicMLK, a day of musical service and civic engagement on the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday.

Gallagher has been profiled on NBC Evening News, PBS NewsHour, NPR All Things Considered, Voice of America and the Chronicle of Philanthropy; his writing has appeared in the New York Times, Time Magazine, and Politico; he has been a featured speaker at top business schools and the Aspen Institute, Clinton Global Initiative, Stanford Center for Social Innovation, Center for American Progress and the Kennedy Center. Gallagher helped launch Bill Clinton’s Presidential campaign in 1991, and served as an informal policy adviser to President Obama. He has consulted internationally for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Global Advance Team for the President and First lady of the United States. He has raised and invested pubic interest funds from global philanthropic institutions and corporations to create and launch new ventures.

Recognized for leadership by the James Irvine Foundation, St. Paul's School Alumni Association, and GQ Magazine’s Gentlemen’s Fund, Gallagher has also written and produced two critically praised, pop-rock albums. His music is licensed to radio, TV and digital media worldwide. He is an active equity investor, an honors graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut and has studied mindfulness under Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Hahva and son Luca.